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The joys of training!

Old 04-06-08, 03:56 PM
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The joys of training!

Up until a few weeks ago, I always cycled simply because of pleasure. I have no desire now or ever to race. It is just not for me. However, I do organized benefit events like centuries every so often. I ride by myself usually following dgasmd's rule number one of cycling: me, myself, and I only ride solo. However, some social rides here and there have been quite enjoyable.

In any case, I signed up for the Ride Across Florida (170 mile ride), and have been "training" for it by doing hills, sprints, pounding the gears in wind to gain strength, and such. No question I am improving my stamina, my strength, and my speed (sustained and sprinting). However, it has not been without a price:It has turned cycling into a chore sucking the joy out of it!!!! Every time I get on my bike now, I feel it is a task I must accomplish. I a not enjoying riding like I used to when I would just go and do whatever I felt like that day.

I can see that I will take a few days off the bike after the event. For that same reason, I don't even have anything scheduled for the rest of the year other than going to Spain with the family in Sept for vacation and some riding. That, I am looking forward to.

How do you guys keep it FUN with all the drills and such?
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Quite the opposite here. The faster I get the more I want to train
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Hills?
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Originally Posted by dgasmd View Post
How do you guys keep it FUN with all the drills and such?
Improved results during races makes it worthwhile, intervals are never fun. If I didn't race I wouldn't do high intensity training, I would just do low intensity, high volume rides.
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Pushing so hard I wanna peuk is pretty entertaining.
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maybe stop calling it "training?" Since you don't race and all, just change the focus, perhaps. Ride to eat AND lose weight. The fitness you need for said ride will come naturally.

I know what you mean by feeling burnt out. I just have no sympathy for you being in Florida and being able to ride year round .. this might be one area having all 4 seasons helps. i.e. not being able to ride outside for a few months forces you to do other things and forces you to .. miss the bike.
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Originally Posted by dcvelo View Post
Hills?
Yes, they are not huge and monumental, but we do have some in central FL. Which by the way, makes it another reason to hate it more since I have to first drive 2 hours of highway to get to them.
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I enjoy training and I enjoy the pain. I enjoy the results and I really like doing well in races. It's not a drudgery. The drudgery is taking an ice bath afterwards, but that lets me train hard the next day.
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Originally Posted by dgasmd View Post
Up until a few weeks ago, I always cycled simply because of pleasure. I have no desire now or ever to race. It is just not for me. However, I do organized benefit events like centuries every so often. I ride by myself usually following dgasmd's rule number one of cycling: me, myself, and I only ride solo. However, some social rides here and there have been quite enjoyable.

In any case, I signed up for the Ride Across Florida (170 mile ride), and have been "training" for it by doing hills, sprints, pounding the gears in wind to gain strength, and such. No question I am improving my stamina, my strength, and my speed (sustained and sprinting). However, it has not been without a price:It has turned cycling into a chore sucking the joy out of it!!!! Every time I get on my bike now, I feel it is a task I must accomplish. I a not enjoying riding like I used to when I would just go and do whatever I felt like that day.
ok, if you have that reaction you need to question your motives. If making a commitment and setting a goal to do well takes the enjoyment away, you need to ask why. Is it a fear of not doing as well as you like? Do you dislike competition or comparing yourself with others? Does structure and a plan to measurable improve make you nervous?

Ask yourself those questions honestly. It will make the decision about doing the ride easier.
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it's supposed to be fun???
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Man, I felt that training wasn't worth it and I just just go out and ride hard. My perspective totally changed after racing. I LOVED racing, and now I want to get better at riding so I can get better at racing. So I train...
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Originally Posted by dgasmd View Post
and have been "training" for it by doing hills, sprints, pounding the gears in wind to gain strength, and such.
The ride you're training for isn't a race, so I don't see much need to be doing sprints and 'pounding the gears'. You just need to put in miles. That will give you everything you need for this ride.

So it's not much different from what you were doing before. Just go out for a longer ride. Don't kill yourself thinking you're Rocky in the montage that ends on the steps of the Philly Museum or Art. Just ride and have fun.

Let the challenge be in the distance you cover, and use this time to experiment with nutrition and hydration.
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